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Using Spreadsheet Modules to Augment the Design of Adhesive Lap Joints

[+] Author Affiliations
Terry E. Shoup, Michael Drew

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Paper No. DETC2007-34334, pp. 145-149; 5 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 27th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4803-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper presents two easy-to-use spreadsheet modules in Microsoft Excel to assist with the design of adhesive joints. The modules make use of embedded Visual Basic numerical algorithms to give assistance with the selection of both the adhesive type and the geometric configuration of an adhesive lap joint. These modules facilitate the quick implementation of designs that are more accurate than was previously possible by traditional design methods. The method will be particularly helpful to students and inexperienced designers who first encounter the need to design adhesive joints. The paper also includes an example application to illustrate the use of the modules.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Adhesives , Design



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